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    Stevie Crawford

    Is it one year, Salvo? I didn't think the length had been specified. In any case, he could still be told he's no longer required at the end of the season. I would hope he's already been tipped the wink that his job is safe for the foreseeable future, no matter if we make the play offs or not.
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    Stevie Crawford

    Who we want to bring in and who should be released will of course depend on which league we're in next season. We could yet go up via the play offs, a scenario which would have had you locked up for suggesting it just 5 games ago.
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    Stevie Crawford

    There were plenty of less than enthusiastic responses from a section of our support, when SC was appointed. I'd imagine quite a few doubters will have had their fears allayed after seeing him guide us to five consecutive wins and into a play off position. With two home games coming up next week, we must have a decent chance of 7 in a row. Of course, the prizes won't be getting handed out until the end of the season and a lot could happen between now and then. Do folk think he's already done enough to show he deserves to be Pars manager beyond May? It's an unequivocal yes from me, but I wouldn't expect an official announcement until all our fixtures have been completed. Perhaps contract negotiations with Stevie and his management team have already started. They can then start to identify which new players they want to bring in and the ones they'll be releasing.
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    Pictures of old grounds

    Some brilliant pics there. Thanks mate.
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    Pictures of old grounds

    The "back then" pic isn't really all that old, Piracy. The enclosure covers almost half the ground, coming right round and the Cowdenbeath end is concreted. Are you able to put up an older one with a smaller enclosure opposite the main stand and a wee shed behind the town end goals and the cinder east terracing?
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    v Dundee United (H) Postponed :(

    Yea, but you're making that point with the benefit of hindsight. When they made that announcement, the club was convinced that the game was not in doubt. I'm guessing they wanted to allay any doubts folk may have had and it backfired. They have issued an apology. Maybe in a similar situation in future, they won't make any announcement and rest assured they will be panned for it by some of our supporters.
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    v Dundee United (H) Postponed :(

    And the club did that in good faith, because early on the pitch was playable. The club was understandably keen to play this game on a Saturday, when United would have brought down a sizeable support. I repeat - why would they have wanted - AT THAT TIME - to say that the game was in doubt? What followed was incessant rain and sleet, which then made the game increasingly doubtful. At that point, I understand that this was communicated to the match ref and he was asked if he could arrive at EEP asap. I don't think he was able to get there much earlier than 1.30. He possibly lives a good distance away and driving conditions were far from ideal/
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    v Dundee United (H) Postponed :(

    I've heard a few things recently, from some people I consider to be reliable, that it was the correct decision to let AJ go, even without the benefit of hindsight and I'm speaking as someone who thought we should have stuck with him at least until the end of the season.
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    Is English Football Best in World?

    Aye, who'd have thunk that Dunfermline was on the way to Damascus, eh? I'm glad you didn't just ignore the rest of my post.....😉
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    v Dundee United (H) Postponed :(

    The BoD are always trying to maximise our club's income. Dundee United at home would normally represent our biggest gate of the season, so why would any of us expect them to tell us that the game was in doubt at 8 or 9 am, when it wasn't? As the weather worsened, towards midday, they contacted the match referee and asked him if he could come early to make a pitch inspection. It would appear that he didn't come much earlier than the standard 90 mins before kick off. Perhaps not his fault, but not the club's either. Everybody was looking forward to the game, but the weather and conditions made it impossible for it to go ahead. As others have said, conditions were farcical and the players' safety would have been put at risk. I was down at the entrance to the players tunnel when the ref called it off and there was a loud cheer of relief from both sets of players. You can hardly blame them. Our club has taken quite a financial hit with the game being postponed. It will now almost certainly be played in midweek and the attendance will be well down on what we would have expected to get on a Saturday. I have every sympathy for those who travelled some distance to get to the game, but to lay into the club because of the vagaries of the Scottish climate, is a bit OTT.
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    Is English Football Best in World?

    It is exactly how you describe it, Keyser. The key word there is "relative." While there is a chasm in quality between Man City and Huddersfield in the EPL, in the CL mini group tables, there wasn't the width of a sheet of paper in the relative quality of Inter and Spurs, as demonstrated by how difficult it was to separate them after 6 games each. All I was saying was that Inter should have been able to see off PSV in their final game, so in that sense, Spurs were fortunate that they didn't. Spurs were also fortunate in that Barca had already qualified before they played their final game at the Camp Nou and were able to rest the likes of Messi and Her Steggen, which undoubtedly contributed to Spurs getting the point which allowed them to qualify. Spurs didn't arrange the fixture list, but they did benefit from it, while Inter failed to make the most of their opportunity. Fine lines, eh? Surely, even you, who likes to stir up a good debate, can see that?
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    Is English Football Best in World?

    I wasn't for a minute suggesting that Inter deserved to go through, Vinnie. They were poor and still are having a mediocre season but Spurs weren't much better and scraped through by the flimsiest of margins, so it's hard to argue they were any better, unless your name is Keyser Soze. This whole "debate" stemmed from an initial post in which I suggested that Spurs were a tad fortunate to squeak through their group. I have read nothing which which would make me reappraise that view.
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    Is English Football Best in World?

    Guid wan. Rather than have any doubts cast on my sanity, I'll concede that Spurs were far superior to Inter in the group stage matches because they amassed more points, scored more and conceded less goals. Oh, wait a minute..........☹
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    Is English Football Best in World?

    Inter were poor, otherwise they'd have seen off PSV at home in their last group match, with qualification as the prize. Let's examine the facts, though. Spurs and Inter finished on 8 pts each, with identical GD. (-1) In the H2H games, Inter won 2-1 in the San Siro, Spurs 1-0 at Wembley, so Spurs finished above Inter on away goals. Hardly compelling evidence that they were any less rubbish than Inter. Come to think of it, I think I'd like to retract my earlier concession that Spurs were in a tough group. It would be more accurate to say Barca were in a really easy group with three poor sides. One of them had to go through, along with the Catalans.....
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